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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sur·vey v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surveyed p. pr. & vb. n. Surveying.]
 1. To inspect, or take a view of; to view with attention, as from a high place; to overlook; as, to stand on a hill, and survey the surrounding country.
 Round he surveys and well might, where he stood,
 So high above.   --Milton.
 2. To view with a scrutinizing eye; to examine.
 With such altered looks, . . .
 All pale and speechless, he surveyed me round.   --Dryden.
 3. To examine with reference to condition, situation, value, etc.; to examine and ascertain the state of; as, to survey a building in order to determine its value and exposure to loss by fire.
 4. To determine the form, extent, position, etc., of, as a tract of land, a coast, harbor, or the like, by means of linear and angular measurments, and the application of the principles of geometry and trigonometry; as, to survey land or a coast.
 5. To examine and ascertain, as the boundaries and royalties of a manor, the tenure of the tenants, and the rent and value of the same. [Eng.]